September 27

How Quickly I Forget

September 27, 2017

Personal Growth

Lila called and described an interaction where she’d been unkind to a coworker. “I simply can’t believe what I said,” she said. “As much as I’ve learned about being loving in the past year, how could I talk to somebody like that? How quickly I forget. I feel bad.”

The world is one huge festival of pain, emptiness, and fear, highlighted by all the unloving behaviors that accompany those conditions. The inducements to trade, manipulate, and deceive are very loud indeed, trumpeting from the throats and behaviors of nearly everyone we know. In that cacophony, sometimes the voices of sensitivity and love are simply drowned out. We are distracted and make bad decisions.

The lights of virtue are clear but often dimmed by the floodlights of the world’s carnival. We need not mire ourselves in guilt when we stumble or “forget” the lights that lead to truth and love. It’s a lifelong journey, and with practice, we can learn to ignore the distractions while following the whispers and flickering candles that lead us to joy.

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